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Rockland-based Harmon Espresso roasts small batch beans stuffed with individuality

ROCKLAND – For somebody whose life has been devoted to espresso for the final three a long time, Michael Sullivan’s personal style is surprisingly easy.

For Sullivan, who lives in Braintree, it does not matter if the beans come from Brazil, Columbia or Mexico, in the event that they’re gentle, medium or darkish roast. All that issues, he says, is a well-balanced cup of joe.

“Here is the factor about espresso. I will love an amazing espresso, and you are not going to love it,” Sullivan defined. “It is all particular person, and it is an acquired style. I do not prefer to push one factor on folks. I allow them to strive a range and go from there.”

Michael Sullivan, of Harmon Espresso, takes uncooked espresso beans from world wide and roasts them in his Rockland store. He sells his espresso on-line and to native cafes and eating places.

Sullivan is the proprietor and roaster of Harmon Espresso, a Rockland-based small-batch espresso firm he runs out of a industrial area on Centre Avenue. The area is dominated by an enormous  industrial espresso roaster and burlap sacks of uncooked espresso beans slumped in opposition to the wall. An automated scale, label printer and bagging machine within the corners, and Sullivan – the only real full time worker of the operation – stands on the middle.

When he first began Harmon Espresso in 2013, Sullivan was figuring out of a shed in his Braintree yard and producing about 500 kilos of espresso per week for native cafes. With 21 years working within the espresso roasting trade earlier than branching out on his personal, he had the know-how to supply his personal beans and write his personal mix recipes, however was outsourcing the precise roasting course of.

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He took the plunge and purchased his personal roaster two years in the past, and now roasts greater than 3,500 kilos of espresso monthly for particular person sale and shoppers like Stevie G’S Restaurant in Rockland, Sq. Café and the Pour chain of espresso retailers with places in Hanover, Cohasset and Norwell.

Sullivan has traveled far and large to search out the right suppliers. He begins his espresso blends with uncooked beans sourced from round the world. Then he dumps the beans into the roaster, the place he is preprogramed temperature, time and different components to make the espresso. Some beans are flavored – he sells pumpkin spice, mocha cinnamon swirl and banana hazelnut, to call just a few.

Michael Sullivan, of Braintree, measures raw coffee beans to be roasted for his small business, Harmon Coffee, on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022.

Michael Sullivan, of Braintree, measures uncooked espresso beans to be roasted for his small enterprise, Harmon Espresso, on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022.

“It takes some time to get it proper,” he mentioned. “I’ve tried a number of samples attempting to make it style good.”

Sullivan weight and baggage the espresso on his personal – each beans and grounds – and slaps them with a label. His hottest coffees are the Bunker Hill, a medium-dark mix; Cinnamon Hazelnut, and his private favourite, Ethiopian, which he describes as fruity with occasional notes of chocolate.

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Sullivan envisions the following steps as a packaging machine and possibly even a café with a glass wall so prospects can see the roasting room.

“I am native, I’ve an amazing product at an amazing value. That is the suggestions I hear – folks like that I am native and fingers on,” Sullivan mentioned. “I see each side, from A to Z.”

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